As the economy is reopening, Detroit is continuing to protest police brutality and support the Black Lives Matter movement. If you’re looking for a meaningful way to support your local community, make a conscious effort to support black-owned businesses in Detroit. Because, when you support black-owned businesses you are not only helping an individual entrepreneur but the entire Detroit community.
Here is a list of black-owned Detroit businesses where you can show your support now and in the future:
CHECK THESE BLACK-OWNED RETAILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY
DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY
Detroit vs. Everybody is a local brand launched by Tommey Walker, a self-professed commissioned artist, brand manager, and creative problem solver. As one of the most well known Black-Owned businesses in Detroit, DETROIT VS EVERYBODY embodies the pride and unapologetic spirit of Detroit and is located at 400 Monroe Ave., Suite 340, Detroit, Michigan 48226.
THE BLACK DRESS CO.
Founder, Sandra L. Allen, established her home-based sewing business and word spread of her talent and dedication to sewing to women throughout the Metro Detroit area. The doors of The Black Dress Co., a clothing store that focuses on classic and conservative feminine fashion styles with a trendy style officially opened in 2008 and was able to sustain momentum through the recession with old school marketing and dedicated customers. Click here to shop and support The Black Dress Co. (87 E Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201) during this time and continue the momentum the business made for years to come.
Janet Webster Jones, founder of Source Booksellers, is a retired educator from the Detroit Public Schools, where she held a 40-year career and has been in the bookselling business since 1989. Located at 4240 Cass Ave., Suite #105, Detroit, MI 48201, the store is currently closed for in-store purchases and continuing to offer curbside pickup Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is welcoming orders online HERE and over the phone at 313-832-1155.
THE TEN NAIL BAR
Located at 6541 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202, co-owners Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. Established in 2016, The TEN Nail Bar is an elevated nail care experience curated to provide stellar customer service and workmanship. The salon will reopen on Tuesday, June 16. Appointments can be booked HERE.
THE LIP BAR
Melissa Butler, a Detroit native, started The Lip Bar in her kitchen in 2012 while working on Wall Street because she was tired of the beauty industry’s lack of diversity, lack of inclusion, and excessive amounts of unnecessary chemicals. Fast forward to February 2019, when The Lip Bar opened its flagship store in the heart of downtown Detroit in Parker’s Alley at 1435 Farmer St., Suite #122, Detroit, MI 48226. The popular cosmetics brand offers vegan and cruelty-free lipsticks and lip glosses and can be purchased online HERE or at select Target locations.
Nina Batts launched an inclusive blow-dry bar in 2017, alongside co-founders Katy Cockrel and actress Sophia Bush. Located at 1232 Library St., Detroit, MI 48226, Detroit Blows offers blow-outs to serve all ethnicities and hair types starting at $40, as well as other standard salon beauty and makeup services, all with non-toxic materials. To give back to the community, the salon commits a portion of all sales through their philanthropic arm, Detroit Grows, which invests in female entrepreneurs. Visit the Detroit Blows website HERE for more information.
BARESKIN FACIAL & WAXING
Spotting a need in the Detroit market for boutique facial and waxing services, Alicia Frazier, born and raised in Detroit, set out to create an opportunity for Detroiters to receive a quality skincare service within the city – and not to have to venture to the surrounding suburban cities. Located at 2921 E. Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, Bareskin Facial & Waxing offers world-class skin treatments that do not involve the use of harsh and expensive lasers. Click HERE to schedule your next skincare experience.
DETROIT CYCLING STUDIO
Located at 17388 Livernois, Detroit MI, 48221, Detroit Cycling Studio offers a unique cycling experience that pushes visitors to their maximum level and best version of themselves every ride. Always having a passion for fitness, founder Ty Nesbitt developed a love for indoor cycling and obtained his certification as a SPIN ® Instructor to open the doors of Detroit Cycling Studio. Nesbitt takes pride in making members feel strong, invigorated and empowered at the end of each session. Click HERE for more information on membership.
Founded by Armond R. Harris, Jabs Gym Eastern Market (located at 2501 Russell St., Floors 2 & 3, Detroit, MI 48207) features a state-of-the-art, two-story training studio with boxing classes and strength/cross-training. Unlike other training facilities, Jabs Gym Eastern Market provides space that is ideally suited for one-on-one personal training sessions and boasts professionally installed flooring, ideal for cross-training. Jabs Gym is also located in Birmingham, MI at 2285 Cole St. Click HERE for more information on memberships and their COVID-19 approach to Social Distancing Boxing.
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